Queensland Theatre celebrates The Divine Sarah as Angie Milliken returns home for Bernhardt/Hamlet
Queensland Theatre is set to open its second play of the 2022 Season, Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet at the Bille Brown Theatre from 28 May until 18 June.
Bernhardt/Hamlet play follows the life of its heroine as she upends the status-quo of late 19th Century Paris with her unconventional, and at times outrageous, approach to life and work. But will her latest feat prove a step too far? As the turn of the 20th century approaches, bankruptcy threatens Sarah Bernhardt’s Parisian theatre and the star knows only a box-office hit, a true crowd-pleaser, can save her debt-ridden business. In this instance, only stage royalty Shakespeare will suffice. Bernhardt being Bernhardt, she chose his greatest script, Hamlet, and decided that she was most apt for the titular role of Prince.
Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis takes the helm as Director with a powerful ensemble featuring Australian legend of screen and stage Angie Milliken as Sarah Bernhardt. The Divine Sarah was a trailblazer, legendary lover, crocodile owner and theatre builder — she is one of the greats on whose shoulders every woman in the theatre stands. Starring alongside Milliken are Hugh Parker, Anthony Gooley, Nicholas Brown, David Valencia, Julian Curtis, Wendy Mocke, Amy Ingram, Gareth Davies, and Leon Cain.
Emerging from Brooklyn, New York, Rebeck’s play comes to Queensland Theatre after a successful run on Broadway in 2018 and another in Chicago in 2020, where it was lauded “so clever it uplifts, so timely it hurts” (The New York Times). Fast-paced and fearless, this production exemplifies how women can challenge the restrictive systems they exist within, perhaps still a timely and relevant topic over 200 years on.
Locals Special: 10% Off
Our neighbours in 4101 are invited to access 10% off tickets* to Bernhardt/Hamlet. Plus, show your ticket at the Foyer bar and receive 10% off all food and beverage purchases*!
Or book at queenslandtheatre.com.au using promo code 4101offer
More information about the show: queenslandtheatre.com.au/plays/bernhardt-hamlet
* Valid for Mon – Thu evening performances only, excluding Previews and Opening Night. Food and beverage discount valid for date of performance only.